This olive oil recipe for dipping is one of our favorite condiments to serve at the table. The recipe is even better than you’ll get at your favorite Italian restaurant. You can use either jarred or fresh herbs and spices to get the flavors that most appeal to you.
Some folks make it specifically for dipping bread. I agree that it’s delicious on a pinch of fresh bread. I even use it on this cloud bread.
However, don’t forget about other dipping opportunities. I love this olive oil dip on fresh mozzarella cheese sticks, artichoke hearts, bell peppers, sautéed shrimp, crispy sautéed chicken, sweet lobster chunks, and so much more.
Bertucci’s Olive Oil Bread Dip Copycat Recipe
This is a variation of the Bertucci’s olive oil bread dip. Although I like the original, I’ve added and substituted a few ingredients that my family enjoys.
However, there’s something special about recreating your dining experience at Bertucci’s Brick Oven Pizza and Pasta restaurants.
They do a fabulous job of making you feel special with so many different fabulous foods on their menu. It’s fun to enjoy a scrumptious Italian meal and a glass of wine at Bertucci’s.
My Favorite Dipping Oil Ingredients
I’ve never been one to leave a recipe alone. I know enough to make it according to directions the first time. But after that, you never know what I’ll come up with. Actually I never know until I’me done.
So I played around with the ingredients until I got precisely what I liked. Here’s what I used:
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Minced garlic (jarred or fresh garlic)
- Garlic powder
- Grated parmesan cheese (or Romano cheese)
- Salt (Himalayan pink salt, sea salt, kosher salt, or even table salt)
For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by using the “print” button.
I highly recommend getting the best olive oil you can find. I’ve tried a lot of different types and discovered that Moroccan olive oil is my favorite.
The one I use is Atlas Moroccan olive oil. It has a strong flavor, and the nutritional qualities are exceptional. Since I haven’t found it in my area, I have to order it.
If I don’t have any on hand, I’ll use Pompeian extra virgin olive oil. It’s good, and you can find it in almost any grocery store.
How to Make Olive Oil for Dipping
This is an easy recipe that you can make in advance. In fact, I prefer to do that so the flavors can meld.
Pour the olive oil into a small bowl.
Add all of the seasonings. Whisk until everything is well mixed.
It’s ready to use. However, if you made it in advance, simply cover the bowl in plastic wrap and set it aside until time to enjoy it.
Whisk the ingredients right before serving. I like to put it in small curved plates or shallow bowls so that each person has his or her own personal dipping oil.
Serve with your favorite bread. Or use it to drizzle over your salad, pasta, chicken wings, beef tips, or whatever you want. I love it with spicy wings.
Variations to Olive Oil for Dipping
If you’re anything like me, you enjoy experimenting with recipes by adding or substituting ingredients. So far, I’ve liked everything I’ve added or swapped out.
Here are some ingredients I’ve tried:
- Finely minced red onion
- Balsamic vinegar (just a very small amount)
- Dried or fresh basil
- Finely minced black olives
- Crumbled goat cheese
- Hint of hot pepper (finely minced)
- Splash of lemon juice
Regardless of how you make your dipping oil, it’s delicious over everything from crispy romaine lettuce to your favorite crusty bread.
If you’re looking for your own personal signature salad dressing, add your favorite ingredients to this dipping oil. And you’ll have a salad dressing that everyone will associate with you.
You can even dress up some leaf lettuce or your most basic iceberg lettuce with this dip/dressing. Add a few grape tomatoes and green olives for color and some spicy cherry peppers for a little zing.
I enjoy this dip drizzled over tender chicken breasts. Sprinkle some diced Roma tomatoes around the chicken, add a little chopped parsley, and you have a restaurant quality meal.
Also, if you’re in the mood for pasta prepared in a nontraditional way, try tossing this dipping oil with some angel hair pasta. You’ll love the balance of flavors with the delicate noodles.
What to Do with Leftover Dipping Oil
If you have any left, which is highly unlikely, cover it and store it in the refrigerator. It should be good for about a week. This isn’t a good food to freeze.
Can You Cook with Dipping Oil?
Olive oil has a low smoking temperature, so not the best oil for cooking. However, it’s perfect for using on any of your favorite savory foods … and even some of sweet foods.
More Ways to Use Seasoned Olive Oil
There are so many different ways you can use this delicious condiment. We especially enjoy it on salads.
Drizzle it over your salad, after you add garlic croutons. It’s also wonderful alongside blue cheese dressing. Or on a caesar salad with romaine lettuce.
I enjoy it drizzled over pork, turkey, or beef meatballs. These air fried frozen meatballs are out of this world, either drizzled or dipped in this olive oil. People will think they’re scratch homemade meatballs.
Do you like pizza? Make it one of your pizza toppings, and you’ll never go back to your old way of eating it.
Serve it with your next charcuterie board with lots of yummy food such as extra ripe tomatoes, crispy fried pizza dough strips, fresh fruit, provolone cheese, and anything else you enjoy.
Brighten your day by adding it to this mason jar salad. Everyone at the office will wonder why you’re enjoying your salad so much. It’s up to you whether or not to tell them.
More Delicious Sauces and Dips
Whenever I make any kind of sauce, I like to find more than one way to enjoy it. For example, if it’s originally a salad dressing, I might drizzle it over some meat.
Here are some wonderful sauces that you can enjoy all kinds of ways:
Copycat Chick Fil A Sauce – Similar to the original signature sauce from this wonderful restaurant, you can use it to dip or drizzle any of your favorite foods.
Classic Guacamole – Use this wonderful food as a dip or thin it out with a bit of olive oil to pour over a salad. Mmm! So good!
McDonald’s Signature Sauce Copycat – This wonderful sauce is very similar to a traditional thousand island dressing. It’s just as good on salads as it is on burgers.
Honey Mustard Dressing – This yummy dressing is extremely versatile and good on so many things! My husband likes this on his salad. I like to dip chicken tenders into it.
South Carolina Mustard Sauce – Also known as Carolina Gold, this recipe from Julia’s Simply Southern will make you very happy! Use it as barbecue sauce or dip anything you want into it. Mmm! So good!
Easy Homemade Salsa – There’s nothing better than this taste-bud-pleasing salsa on any south-of-the-border dish. It’s good on French fries with a little melted cheese on top! I also stir it into rice to give it a little kick of flavor.
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon rosemary
- 1/4 teaspoon thyme
- 1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Dash of black pepper
- Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl.
- Whisk the ingredients until they are well mixed.
- Before serving, give the ingredients another stir with the whisk.
- Serve with your favorite bread.
Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 248Total Fat 27gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 23gCholesterol 1mgSodium 291mgCarbohydrates 1gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 1g
The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.